Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do the narrator and Bob Briggs discover the screenplay at the heart of the novel?

2. What part of "Ape and Essence" makes Bob decide to read the entire script?

3. The narrator makes an analogy between Gandhi's nonviolence and what feature of Bob Brigg's life?

4. Which is NOT part of the ceremony held to safeguard against having deformed babies?

5. Why was Dr. Poole buried up to his waist by the gravediggers?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Dr. Poole able to argue his way out of being buried alive?

2. How do Chief and Dr. Poole clash over books at Pershing Square?

3. How do Bob Briggs and the narrator initially become interested in "Ape and Essence"?

4. Describe the first moment of commonality shared by Dr. Poole and Loola following the rite practiced by the Satanic Science Practitioner.

5. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

6. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

7. Describe the Chief's conception of "Democracy."

8. What about Dr. Poole's presence is surprising to Chief?

9. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

10. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much discussion is centered around the discovery of the truth and the nature of knowledge. What kind of theory of truth/knowledge does the novel put forth? How do the Arch Vicar and Dr. Poole differ about the nature of truth and knowledge? What is the consequence for an absence of truth?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why Huxley may have chosen to start Ape and Essence on the date of Gandhi's assassination. Explain Gandhi's historical significance. What kind of insight might an understanding of Gandhi's teaching have on some of the themes and messages of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Sex versus romance creates tension in Ape and Essence. Explain how this tension is developed through the following situations:

a) The relationship between Dr. Poole and Loola.

b) The relationship between Dr. Poole and Miss Ethel Hook.

c) The Chief's sexual behavior versus the Arch Vicar's sexual behavior

d) The seasonal mating ritual of the primitives

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